Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Questions (1181)

Frank Feighan

Question:

1181. Deputy Frankie Feighan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the estimated cost of increasing the carer's allowance and benefit rate from €219 to €255. [4682/20]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The estimated full year cost of increasing the rate of carer's allowance for those aged under 66 and increasing the rate of carer's benefit is €113.5m.

As the rate of carer's allowance paid to those aged 66 and over is currently €257, no additional costs arise.

These costings are subject to change in the context of emerging trends and associated revision of the estimated numbers of beneficiaries for 2020.